Kerrville, TX – The YMCA of Kerr County welcomed YMCA representatives from across Texas including Arlington, Austin, Midland, San Antonio, Victoria and Wichita Falls to train trainers on the Texas Education Agency’s approved curriculum, CATCH. The cost of the training was covered by the Texas State Alliance of YMCAs, which was made possible through our partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Kerr County YMCA is now the “unofficial” hub of YMCA CATCH Train the Trainer workshops.
For over 25 years, the CATCH program has guided children on how to be healthy for a lifetime and is considered as one of the best nationally recognized obesity prevention programs in the country. Numerous YMCAs across the nation offer CATCH in many of their afterschool programs. In Texas, the CATCH curriculum has been successfully implemented in 57% of the state's elementary schools and 46% middle schools. The Ys that participated successfully completed the 3-day training and are now certified to train any YMCA staff member in Texas on CATCH. Here’s a list of the CATCH certified trainer in your region:
Melissa Debrecht, Membership and Healthy Lifestyles Director: YMCA of Arlington
Rayshonda Farria, Childcare Director: YMCA of Arlington
Katie Hegefeld, Program Coordinator: YMCA of Austin
Michele Morales, Executive Director: YMCA of the Golden Crescent
Alex Padron, YMCA of the Golden Crescent
Valarie Cadenhead, School Age & Day Camp Director: YMCA of Kerr County
Brenda Thompson, CEO: YMCA of Kerr County
Curtis Fooshead, Doyle School Community Center & volunteer: YMCA of Kerr County
Amanda White, Program Admin. Secretary: YMCA of Midland
Abbey Borrego, Front Desk Supervisor: YMCA of Midland
Craig Walter, Director of Youth Wellness: YMCA of Greater San Antonio
Donisha Reed, Health & Wellness Director: YMCA of Wichita Falls
Special thanks to these outstanding YMCA staff members that are dedicated to improving the health of youth!